Education News for January 2024

Presentation of Joe Parrish cartoon to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Nashville, Tennessee

This primary source is a sepia-tone photograph of Congressman Joseph W. Byrns, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Tennessee Governor Hill McAlister riding in an open-air automobile through a large crowd of people. The upper left corner contains a cartoon featuring President Roosevelt promoting the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). 
Joseph (Joe) Parrish, a noted editorial cartoonist, began his career at the Nashville Tennessean and later retired in 1970 as chief editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune. This photograph was taken on November 17, 1934, when the Roosevelts visited multiple sites across Tennessee. Roosevelt often visited Tennessee throughout his four presidential terms. On this particular trip, the President and First Lady visited the Hermitage, James K. Polk’s Tomb, Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities, and Norris Dam.
This photograph and the inlaid cartoon are notable because they focus on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This trip occurred only a year and a half after Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act into law. This act established an independent public organization that aided rural Tennesseans by controlling flooding, improving river navigation, assisting farmers, and providing affordable electricity to the previously underserved, rural Tennessee Valley. While the TVA brought profound changes to Tennessee, it did not operate without controversy. The organization’s use of eminent domain displaced more than 125,000 Tennesseans from their homes and property, and TVA hydroelectric projects flooded numerous cemeteries, historical settlements, and Native American sites. Despite these controversies, Franklin D. Roosevelt was generally well-liked in Tennessee because of his efforts to bring improvements to rural Tennesseans.
This source meets the 5.48, US.43, US.44, and TN.51 Tennessee social studies standards.
For more primary sources about the Tennessee Valley Authority, visit our website under the era of history, the 1920s and the Great Depression.

Turning Points in History: Using Language Arts & Social Studies Standards to Explore Moments of Change

We are excited to announce our 2023-2024 teacher workshop series, Turning Points in History: Using Language Arts & Social Studies Standards to Explore Moments of Change. This workshop series will feature activities and primary sources that correspond to the Tennessee Social Studies Standards and English Language Arts Standards. 

Workshops will be held in ten locations across Tennessee. Visit our website for registration information. Workshop dates run from September 2023 - June 2024.

January and February 2024 workshop dates:

January 20, 2024    Clarksville
January 24, 2024    Murfreesboro

February 8, 2024    Jackson
February 21, 2024  Columbia

Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) and PebbleGo

PebbleGo is one of the many resources available through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL). This online resource is geared to K-2 students in the subject areas of social studies and science, providing interactive lessons and beginning research skills.
PebbleGo is great for new readers, new researchers, ESL learners, and reluctant readers. 
Visit (under Homework Help) or to explore PebbleGo!

Tennessee Talks:  Piecing Together Tennessee History  

Tennessee Talks:  Piecing Together Tennessee History is a webinar series presented by the Tennessee State Library & Archives. 

These hour-long sessions will begin at 4 p.m. CT/ 5 p.m. ET. All webinars will offer educators more innovative ways to teach primary sources that keep students engaged with the Tennessee Social Studies Curriculum Standards.   
Upcoming sessions include:
January 18  Creating an Escape Room
February 15 Cordell Hull
Click here for a description of each webinar and to register! 
Questions? Email

Discover Tennessee History 2023-2024 Webinar Series

Discover Tennessee History will offer a six-part webinar series for the 2023-2024 school year from October 2023 through March 2024. On the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. CT, one of our partner organizations will offer a one-hour session exploring topics in Tennessee history with related primary sources and educational resources that can be used with your students.

Professional Development credit can be earned for each session.

To register for the 2023-2024 webinars, please complete this form. 
Session 4 - January 9, 2024
Session Title:  Augmented and Virtual Reality Programs in State Parks
Presenting Organization:  Tennessee State Parks  

Session 5 - February 13, 2024
Session Title:  Place-based Learning Using Sanborn Maps
Presenting Organization:  Teaching with Primary Sources- MTSU

Tennesseans Who Shaped American Democracy Workshop Series

Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU will partner with educational organizations across our great state to feature a new workshop series, Tennesseans Who Shaped American Democracy. This workshop series is a lead-up to the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution and the founding of the nation.
Click here for more information about this workshop series, including the first one on Saturday, January 27, 2024.
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